by: Christina Grill
The dictionary definition of Pilates is a method of exercise designed to improve physical strength, posture, flexibility and overall mental health. There’s no uncertainty that Pilates has the power to do all of those things, but just like almost everything in this world, it too has evolved from its original method. Trainers and fitness enthusiasts are always eagerly looking for ways to come up with the newest and most interesting method of exercise. A proven method of fitness such as Pilates is the perfect workout foundation – when it is incorporated with other forms of fitness conditioning, what you’re left with is an innovative workout for the entire body and mind. With intriguing names like Spinlates, Yogalates and Piloxing, you can’t help but wonder what it involves, what kind of workout you’re going to get, and why didn’t I think of that?!
If you’re already obsessed with Pilates, venture out to one of these exciting classes to elevate and add variation to your usual weekly workout!
Can’t get enough of your weekly spin class? Then you have to try the new Spinlates workout! Elevate your heart rate with 20 minutes of cardio spin to burn fat and calories, followed by 35 minutes of Pilates to lengthen and sculpt you’re already warmed- up muscles. Experience a fun atmosphere while spinning to music, and afterwards elongate your physique using Pilates movements from the classical teachings of Joe Pilates. If you can’t decide whether to get your spin or Pilates class in, get the best of both in Spinlates and be a cycle and swan dive away to a whole new you.
What the instructor said:
“Pilates and Yoga devotees often forget to get enough cardiovascular exercise. Spinlates is a great 2 in 1 workout solution with just the right amount of cycling to make you sweat and get the endorphin production activated. Since the cycling part of the class is taught by an indoor cycling certified Pilates instructor, the language and focus of the cycling segment is very posture, breathing, alignment, and core oriented. For additional mental rejuvenation, I take the class on an imaginary ride at a different geographic location using the music of that area - (Berlin, Jamaica, Budapest, Indian Himalayas, etc). By the time we get on the Reformer, the body is ready for mobilization and more difficult exercises. We do it all as a team, so there is a high energy and team spirit fueling every participant, compared to doing some cardio alone. I find that many Pilates clients feel threatened by the idea of a full cycling class. Since they know and trust me as their instructor, they are open to add that cardio to their workout as a part of the Pilates session, instead of an entire separate experience. The Spinlates class at our studio is very successful and is generally booked 6 weeks in advance.”
Timea Presley, Head Pilates Instructor
Studio: MINT in Washington, D.C.
What the clients said:
“Spinlates solves the problem - how do I get the benefits of Pilates and still fit in my cardio? It’s a great 2 in 1 exercise and Timea leads the class with a nice combination of cycling energy and Pilates Zen.
“ - Lisbeth Lyons
“My first Spinlates class was a blast! Timea started us off in the spinning studio for an intense cardio workout ‘trip’ through Germany, narrating the journey as we sweat and pedaled. Just when I was about to give up ‘climbing’ those hills, we moved to the Pilates studio to stretch and strengthen. I have never done any spinning. Only recently I started doing Pilates, and I found the Spinlates class to be a fantastic, well balanced workout. I can’t wait to do it again!”
- Nick Ferreyros
Get the benefits of both yoga and Pilates in the Yogalates workout! Tone your body and bring out your spiritual side with traditional yoga poses and breathing exercises. Stimulate the senses and become aware of every aspect of your body as you relieve stress and improve your overall well being with every class. When fused with Pilates, the perfect workout routine is created that will leave you feeling invigorated with a better understanding of the benefits of yoga and Pilates. It’s the perfect way to increase strength and flexibility while uncovering your very own, inner peace. Namaste.
What the instructor said:
“Yogalates combines the toning and strengthening elements of Pilates, with the stretching and mobilizing aspects of yoga. The class starts with a warm up that helps to engage the core muscles and find the neutral alignment of the lumbar pelvic region, shoulder joints, head, and neck. Discovering that awareness and stability, it is easy and safe to move on to yoga poses. This creates isometric muscle engagement and stretches and lengthens the muscles. Returning to the core strengthening ‘Hundred’ and ‘Single leg stretch” reinforces the idea of a stabile center. Finally, we bounce back and forth between the two methods ending with corps pose.”
Timea Presley, Head Pilates Instructor
Studio: Presley Pilates in Washington, D.C.
What the clients said:
“Timea’s Yogalates class is the best example of East meets West exercise. She tricks you into difficult yoga poses by prepping you with strengthening and alignment focused exercises from Pilates, with a gentle voice. I always leave class rejuvenated … and sweaty.”
- Jacob Reach
“I love both Pilates and yoga, and I am glad to be able to take this 2 in 1 class every week. This saves time, and I know that my yoga routine will be safe because it is taught by a Pilates instructor.”
- Nikola Tauzin
Boxing and Pilates are two completely different fitness methods, right? Definitely. Put them together, and you have a complete kick-butt workout that will leave you feeling empowered, confident and in the best shape of your life. Viveca Jensen, PILOXING Creator and CEO, designed this workout system to shape and sculpt the entire physique not only through traditional Pilates movements –she took it to another level with the addition of weighted boxing gloves to improve your agility and endurance. The Piloxing obsession has also become a favorite among many celebrities such as Hilary Duff, Vanessa Hudgens and Amanda Bynes, to name a few. If you’re looking to improve your overall health and wellbeing while achieving a sense of empowerment, you’ll get that with this workout - not to mention a totally, toned bod!
What the creator said:
“PILOXING is the first fitness program that blends the best of Pilates and Boxing into a high-energy interval workout. Piloxing engages your core throughout the class, which improves balance and posture and gives you strong, beautiful abs. Piloxing works every muscle in your body. In order to maintain your balance and throw punches in the class, all muscles have to work together in unison. Piloxing will tone your arms, lift your butt and give you long, lean muscles in your legs. Piloxing is a barefoot program, so although shoes are permitted, we recommend that students try it without shoes. Barefoot training strengthens the entire foundation of the body and improves arch support, ankle stability and body alignment as proven in recent studies.”
Viveca Jensen, PILOXING creator and CEO
Studio: PILOXING in Toluca Lake, CA
What the client said:
“PILOXING has single handedly changed my life and inspired me in so many ways. The workout is constantly challenging my body and creating results! I have had a lifelong battle with my weight and Piloxing has been such a positive reinforcement in this journey. I’ve lost 60lbs since I discovered it, and the best part is that I get to work out and have fun at the same time!”
- Rachel Rosas
If only Joe Pilates could see what Pilates came to be. While it’s great to feel comfortable with the fitness method you choose, it’s always a good idea to challenge yourself and try new ways to stay healthy and fit. If you’re a little apprehensive to drop into a new class, bring a friend along and experience the workout together. It also might be a good idea to read some online reviews from people who have already taken the class, just to get an idea of what to expect. You’ll be glad you ventured outside your normal routine, and most likely you will end up working out certain areas of the body you may miss in your usual fit session.
So what’s next for Pilates? There’s always so much stirring in the fitness industry and each modality has its own identity and purpose. No matter how you decide to stay fit, ultimately a successful workout should leave you feeling challenged and motivated. With repetition and a healthy diet, you’ll be looking and feeling your best.